Looking for a venue for gritstone climbing? Want to be bathed in sunshine all year round, out of the wind and midge free? If so then you need to head to the south of the peak district, as Pule Hill might be a fantastic climbing venue, but its elevation can lead it to be misty and windy most of the year. That said it does provide some fantastic climbing all year round.
I’ve known Wimberry Rocks all my life as Indian’s head. (Tip your head on one side and you’ll see what I mean!) Situated opposite Alderman Rocks on the opposite side to Dovestones reservoir, Wimberry is an impressive collection of bouldering and trad routes with over 240 routes from trad climbing on the main crag, to bouldering among the moraine down the hillside.
Beth, our very own Womenclimb contributor set out to give you lovely readers a first hand account of the popular Yorkshire climbing venue of Almscliff.
Almscliff is an impressive grit stone crag in the heart of Yorkshire jutting out of a sea of finely combed fields and against a backdrop of distant viaducts and farmlands. The crag lies a few miles north of Leeds and Bradford and the parking is plenty with a 5-10 minute easy walk in on a footpath. It has an “unmissable” reputation, being a natural crag which is very accessible with a wide range of grades to suit beginners to seasoned trad legends. Read on to see if this venue should be on your ticklist….
This is a great place to come for an easy confidence-boosting climb! Loved the fact that there were at least 8/9 easy problems with chunky positive holds I could actually top out on after a year off doing baby stuff. With a little encouragement I completed some 3’s and later flashed my wobbly post-baby ass up some 4’s (Font.)
By Hannah Thomson // There has to be no giddier a team than two girls from Hull finding themselves in a rental car on the Spanish coast on a Sunday morning in March on their way to climb in Costa Blanca. Lydia and I had met working at Rockcity Climbing Centre the previous winter and, after hearing rumours of sunny sport climbing abroad, we booked flights to Alicante and worked out the rest afterwards. We found cheap accommodation at the Orange House near the village of Finestrat and hired a rental car from Alicante airport which made getting to the many crags a piece of cake. That, and we had managed to borrow a guidebook (from the 80s) and commandeered a SatNav. Oh, and a brand new 60m rope belonging to one of our friends.
With winter setting in and the nights drawing close, I think it’s time to consider bouldering as an outdoor option that eats less time and helps you to avoid frostbite in the chilly weather. Here are our Peak District Top Tips:
The rock type is granite and the majority of the easy access routes are slabs. The climbs are all about smearing and footwork. If you’re used to climbing with your arms, then get practicing without any handholds!
Hobson Moor is a quarried grit crag situated off Hobson Moor Road near to Mottram in Longdendale in the Peak District. It’s an urban crag to some degree, but you would never know how close it is to civilisation once you’re ensconced by the gritstone walls.
Perfect for … a quick evening escape from Manchester or traversing of the Back Wall in winter.
What I liked most: I’ve climbed here before and you get a multitude of different grades so whatever grade you’re at, however you’re feeling that day, there will be something to climb. The other people climbing there are always friendly so you can take advice, offer advice, or just chat and there are no cliques or funny attitudes.
What could be better: nothing. It’s great. Really enjoy my time climbing there.
Last weekend Womenclimb hosted a day out climbing at Stanage, near Hathersage in the Peak District. A group of twelve people turned up at 9am at the Popular End car park - from complete outdoor-climbing beginners to those beginning to learn to lead outdoors to...Read More